European River Cruise Adventure 2018


11 Days Full Board River Cruise

The opening of the Main-Danube Canal in 1992 made possible the dream of sailing across the heart of Europe. This special cruise will take you from Germany to Austria, by the Rivers Rhine and Main, the New Canal and the River Danube. With 9 nights on board, there is a lot of cruising, many locks to negotiate, much to experience, and dozens of interesting and picturesque places to see, but the overall pace is as leisurely and relaxing as possible.

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Cruise Highlights


Your Itinerary

DAY 1: From selected local departure points to Cologne, for a late dinner.

DAY 2: Cruising overnight we reach Koblenz at the gateway to the Rhine tourist area. This afternoon we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and reach Rudesheim.

DAY 3: An overnight and morning cruise to Aschaffenburg where our coach excursion includes the old town and an opportunity to visit Schloss Johannisberg. Then on to delightful Miltenberg by mid-evening.

DAY 4: A day cruising on the Main, with a call at Wertheim, nicknamed ‘little Heidelberg’, to reach the historic city of Wurzburg at midnight.

DAY 5: A morning coach excursion to Festung Marienberg viewpoint before rejoining the ship at Ochsenfurt. Continuing upstream through the peaceful countryside of Franconia, to arrive at Schweinfurt.

DAY 6: Cruise to Bamberg, the 'Treasure Chest of Franconia', to join the Main-Danube Canal (106 miles
in length) and reach Nuremberg, known for its
wartime associations.

DAY 7: Our coach excursion gives us the opportunity to visit Nuremberg, hilltop Kaiserburg and the restored
Lorenzkirche. Climb through rural Bavaria on the beautifully engineered canal, to reach a summit height of 1,332ft. above sea level, through massive locks with a lifting height of up to 78ft. Into the scenic Altmuehl Valley to reach picturesque Riedenburg.

DAY 8: Leave the canal and join the mighty Danube at Kelheim, cruising downstream to historic Regensburg, an old Roman city, for the evening.

DAY 9: Cruise through a pastoral landscape on the Danube to reach the city of Passau on the Austrian border by mid afternoon for our final night on board.

DAY 10: Disembark at Passau for our coach journey to Cologne area for an overnight stay and dinner.

DAY 11: To Calais for the Channel crossing, then onto our original joining points.

The Esmeralda

The Esmeralda

The Esmeralda is a spacious, superior, river cruise ship with 63 outward facing cabins on two decks with a homely, friendly atmosphere. The vessel has air-conditioning throughout.

Public areas include: > Forward lounge/bar on Promenade Deck > Restaurant on the Main Deck > Partially covered Sun Deck

All cabins include: > Picture window > Shower & toilet > Satellite television > Safety deposit box > Twin beds at floor level > Continental electricity socket (220 volts)

Please note: Prices reflect cabin location. Promenade Deck cabins are higher above the waterline and have better views. There is a stair lift between Main and Promenade Deck and Promenade Deck and Sun Deck. Whilst there is a stair lift on board wheelchair access to and from ship is not possible.

Single cabin supplement: Main Deck: £229* Promenade Deck: £339*

(*Limited availability)

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Departure Date Tour Ref Days Adult (from) Available Seats Rooms Sole Occupancy
CALL TO BOOKMon 7 May, 2018 RIE11 13 11 £1149.00 10 + £100.00 CALL TO BOOK


  • Free local joining points
  • All coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Tour Manager escorted
  • Cruise itinerary and sightseeing excursions as stated
  • Accommodation in a twin outward facing cabin
  • Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet breakfast, set menu lunch and dinner **Half board in overnight hotel
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea whilst cruising
  • Regular entertainment on board

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Contact details

Grand UK Holidays
The Old Bakery
113 Queens Road
Norwich, Norfolk
United Kingdom
01603 61 99 33
The UK Holiday Group Limited, trading as Grand UK Holidays, is an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated
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